Balancing Pact

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    Once fifth-graders at Holland Elementary were properly outfitted with protective pads, helmets and skates for physical education class Wednesday morning in the school gymnasium, the students spent the remainder of the class trying to stay on their feet. Fifth-graders Emersyn Petry, left, skated around while Ayla Ring, center, and Kara Schmitt clung to their classmate and tried to keep their balance. Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald

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    Physical education teacher Steve Winkler demonstrated how to put on the different safety gear for roller skating to second graders at Holland Elementary on Wednesday morning. "The only pads we don't have are butt pads," Winkler called out while the second graders shakily skated around. Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald

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    Once fifth-graders at Holland Elementary were properly outfitted with protective pads, helmets and skates for physical education class Wednesday morning in the school gymnasium, the students spent the remainder of the class trying to stay on their feet. Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald

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    Second-graders Jack Keusch, left, Colton Schmitt, Brayden Willz and Will Roesner wrapped themselves in protective pads before skating around. Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald

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    Fifth-grader Eli Meyer unlaced his skates at the end of class before removing his helmet and pads. Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald